Sunday, September 9, 2012
C AND C
It is easy to be fearful in today's world. Impending financial collapse, end of the world, medical problems, death and many things get our focus off God and onto problems that may or may not even happen. The title here stands for 'Cancer and Christ'.
For anyone who has had the doctor diagnose cancer in yourself or a loved one it strikes fear in your heart. As much as you can say you will trust God and He is in control, that C word is a bad word and likes to rear its' ugly head.
I remember a couple times in my life or my families life where the 'C word' popped up. It is frightening because the main thing that normally comes to mind is death. First of all, a diagnoses of cancer is not a death sentence but it brings fear to many. When you fear you are in a state of constant worry. Let me ask you, when you worry does that show faith in God?
The other 'C word' is Christ . Focusing on Christ instead of cancer or other fears will give you more joy and courage. You will be less fearful of impending doom if you can turn your thoughts to Him. If you wake up daily and have fear in your heart, it will be rather difficult to feel like praising Jesus. Whether you face cancer, a lawsuit, bills, divorce,bankruptcy, family problems, or a scary medical diagnosis, that is not the end of your life. You have to intentionally focus on positive things and get your mind off the bad. I once heard the comedian Kevin Nelon in a TV comic sketch saying "harness the good, release the bad. Harness. Release. Harness. Release." Funny but true if you think about it. Hold on to good things and let go of the bad that drags you down and takes your focus off God and thus robs you of peace.
Staying in the word of God is the first and foremost thing you can do to combat fear. Of course Satan wants you to be afraid and powerless as then he has you in his grip. Wake up each day knowing the Lord has something special for you today. Get your mind off 'self' and onto others and part of the battle is won. Always thinking of self is selfish anyway.
This leads me back to a verse I have referred to numerous times which is Philippians 4:8 which says "Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admiral, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things."
Are you able to get up each day thanking Him for another day of life? Every day is a gift from God. He loves you no matter what you are going through and wants you to lean on Him. When bad thoughts come into your brain speak out loud "get thee behind me Satan. I refuse to let fear dominate me as I am a child of God."
PRAYER: Lord today is another day you have blessed me with. If things sometimes make me fearful I know you are ultimately in control. Help me Lord to seek to keep my focus off myself and onto the things of the Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.